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Net Neutrality Debate Topic of April 14 Journal Program

April 08, 2014 – 

Experts in intellectual property, communications law and policy, and emerging technologies will discuss “Are All Bytes Created Equal? The Battle Over Net Neutrality” from 3 – 7 pm on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. The symposium is hosted by the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal.

The symposium is free but registration is required. More information can be found at http://www.rctlj.org/symposium/.

In a recent primer on the topic, the New York Times described network neutrality as “a concept that says the Internet should be free and open: users should have unfettered access to any service or application on the Internet, and the company operating the pipes that connect a user to the Internet cannot discriminate against or block any content, just as a phone company has to transmit a call that one phone user makes to another.”

In January the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in a challenge brought by Verizon that the Federal Communications Commission cannot subject companies that provide Internet service to the same type of regulations that the FCC imposes on phone companies.

Symposium speakers will include: 

  • Barbara Esbin, Partner, Cinnamon Mueller
  • John Flynn, Partner, Jenner & Block LLC
  • Sarah Morris, Senior Policy Counsel, Open Technology Institute
  • Michael Weinberg, Vice President, Public Knowledge
  • Matt Wood, Policy Director, Free Press